Bronx Dog Fighter Sentenced to Hard Time

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 4:30pm
FIR team member with dog rescued from raid

The dogs rescued from a Bronx dog fighter’s basement last year are finally getting justice. Raul Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to dog fighting a few weeks ago, is now heading to prison.

Last week a judge sentenced Sanchez to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon. (Sanchez will serve these sentences concurrently.)

He’s also been slapped with a ban on keeping animals for the duration of his parole. Sanchez waived his right to appeal.

We hope Sanchez’s sentence serves as a reminder to dog fighters that their crimes against innocent animals carry serious consequences.

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Truman Tench

Should be thrown under the jail.
Sentence not tough enough.

Kimberly Fordham

Unfortunately, the animals involved in these despicable crimes are always forgotten....look at mike vick for example, he's moved on and makes more money now, more famous and he legally can own another dog! i'm glad that he did receive some punishment but of course it's not long enough, basically a slap on the wrist. what about these poor inncoent animals that are trained and hurt and killed during these ridiculous fights? i just wish the government, the public and the media would just get tougher on animal cruelty and stop being so damn soft and felling sorry for the accused and not the innocent victims!

Pam Cross

One year for cruelty to animals. One year for the illegal weapon. Served concurrently. Slap on the wrist. At the very least they could have made the sentences consecutive! People who engage in dog fighting aren't phased by such a light sentence. They don't even think being arrested is a big deal; just the cost of doing business. When do we up the "cost" to make them think a little more?

Franco Ferrua

My apologies for above typos, LOL

Marlene Todd

I'm glad he is getting jail time......I wish he was going to be in jail longer.

Tonya Howard

I'm glad he got prison time but not nearly enough. He should charged for each individual dog in addition to a longer sentence and a lifetime ban on animals.


Not only more time.. but he should be treated like he treated the dogs.. that many dogs in a basement.. and then made to force to fight as a way of life.. treat him as inhumane as they were.

Dave McCracken


Kathleen Leavitt

I so agree with everyone else that this is not enough time for this horrendous crime. I believe there should be a mandatory sentence per animal and a monetary fine for each dog which would then be donated to the ASPCA for their care. Just in the case of Michael Vick, wonder how he would have taken a fine of $1 Million Dollars for every dog he killed!

Mark Sonder, CSEP

Seems like anything less than the death penalty, as this is what his dogs are in for, is too lenient!